News \’s Best of the Week

'Nevermind' 20th anniversary, new Coldplay tune, R.E.M. call it quits. Plus: No Doubt, Guns N' Roses, and more.

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // September 24, 2011

This week, R.E.M. announced the end of their 31-year career, Coldplay played their new single on Late Night with Letterman, and the music world celebrated the 20th birthday of Nirvana’s Nevermind with tribute concerts, interviews, and CD reissues. Meanwhile, No Doubt delayed their new album, GunsN’ Roses and Radiohead announced upcoming tours, and Foo Fighters protested the hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church.

These stories, plus the week’s top news, photos, audio/video downloads, andlive reviews, below.


Complete Coverage: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Turns 20RARE PHOTOS, FREE DOWNLOAD & MORE. Celebrate the anniversary of the album that changed everything. Read >> Plus

  • R.E.M. Call It Quits Read >>
  • SPIN’s 10 All-Time Favorite R.E.M. Moments Read >>
  • Coldplay Play New Tune “Paradise” on ‘Letterman’ Read >>
  • Foo Fighters Protest Hate-Filled Church Group Read >>
  • Radiohead to Tour in ’12, Atoms for Peace LP News Read >>


Guns N’ Roses to Tour the U.S. This FallAxl Rose and his current backing band will be playing a series of dates in the United States after their 2010 worldwide tour.
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  • New No Doubt Album Delayed Until 2012 Read >>
  • Big Boi Rallying for Death Row Inmate Troy Davis Read >>
  • My Favorite Things: Dhani Harrison of thenewno2 Read >>
  • Tiesto, Digitalism, Holy Ghost on Free SPIN Remix App Read >>
  • Arcade Fire Win Canada’s Top Music Prize Read >>


12 Best Moments of Austin City LimitsKanye. Skrillex. My Morning Jacket. SPIN ranks the highlights from Texas’ annual fall music festival. Read >>


ALBUM PREMIERE: Youth Lagoon’s Breakout PopFrontman Trevor Powers talks about the astronomical rise of his bedroom musical project. Read >> Plus

  • Free Download! 12 Tracks From SPIN’s October Issue Read >>
  • Lou Reed, Metallica Post 30-Second Collabo Preview Read >>
  • Watch Wilco Play New Tunes in Hour-Long Set Read >>
  • Hear Daft Punk’s Lost 1994 Track “Drive” Read >>
  • ALBUM PREMIERE: Modeselektor Tap Thom Yorke Read >>
  • Hear Flaming Lips’ New Six-Hour Song Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Alex Kapranos Guests With Boom Bip Read >>
  • Hear Mastodon’s New Album ‘The Hunter’ Read >>


The Rapture Turn SPIN’s NYC Office Into Dance PartyPlaying new cuts off ‘In the Grace of Your Love’ and old classics, the dance-rockers turned our Broadway HQ into a sweat-soaked bash.
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  • Raconteurs End Three-Year Hiatus at MI Fest Read >>
  • Wilco Preview New Songs at Early Tour Stop Read >>
  • Beirut’s Multi-Culture Club Impresses in NYC Read >>


Tori Amos, Night of Hunters (Deutsche Grammophon) Read >> Plus

  • Megafaun, Megafaun (Hometapes) Read >>
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hysterical (Self-released) Read >>
  • The Jayhawks, Mockingbird Time (Rounder) Read >>
  • Meg Baird, Seasons on Earth (Drag City) Read >>